The latest Skill Shortage Lists

The latest Skill Shortage Lists

New Zealand three different Skill Shortage Lists.

They are relevant for your visa application, but they also play an important role for your job search. 

Look up the current Skill Shortage Lists to find out if you can claim bonus points for your Expression of Interest, whether you can fast-track your work visa, or whether your profession is in high demand in the New Zealand job market. 


The Immediate Skill Shortage List January 2018

The Long Term Skill Shortage List January 2018

The Canterbury Skill Shortage List August 2017



Find out more about the Skill Shortages Lists: 

The Immediate Skill Shortage List, ISSL

The Immediate Skill Shortage List includes occupations where skilled workers are immediately required in New Zealand. 

If your profession is listed, you can assume that there is a high demand for your skills and that not enough New Zealand citizens or residents are available to fill the skill gap. 

You may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and faster processing of your work visa application will  be guaranteed if you are offered a job on the ISSL and meet all further requirements of the visa policy.

Find out if your occupation is listed in the current Immediate Skill Shortage List.


The Long Term Skill Shortage List, LTSSL

The Long Term Skill Shortage List identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.

If your profession is listed on the LTSSL, you can realistically assume that your chances of finding employment are excellent. 

If you get a job offer in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the further requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category.

You may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements, and that job has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.

This list is also important for migrants who are applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category: If your qualification is on this list, you might qualify for bonus points for your Expression of Interest.

View the current Long Term Skill Shortage List.


The Canterbury Skill Shortage List, CSSL

The Canterbury Skill Shortage List contains occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

It draws on the occupations on the Immediate and Long Term Skill Shortage Lists relevant to the Canterbury rebuild.

If you have skills in construction, engineering, telecommunications, trade professions and similar, your occupation are on this list, your chances of finding a job should be excellent.  

If you have a job offer in Canterbury, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and if your occupation is also on the LTSSL, then you may also be able to apply for residence.

View the current Canterbury Skill Shortage List, effective from August 2017.


Do you ask yourself whether your will be able to find a job in New Zealand?

Our advice:  Build up your confidence in your chances by doing as much of your own market research on the New Zealand job market as you can! 



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